Guided tours conclude in the Fireside Lounge of the Sorrento Hotel where participants enjoy happy hour prices on appetizers and drinks.
Tours start at Frye Art Museum. Limited free parking is available at the Frye Art Museum lot on Terry Avenue. Pre-registration is required. Please note that certain spaces are not completely accessible.
Historic Seattle, which published Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation in 2014, offers a guided tour of historic First Hill with the participation of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, the Frye Art Museum, Saint James Cathedral, and the Sorrento Hotel. This neighborhood was the location of private clubs, important religious institutions, and swank hotels. It was also the city’s premier residential enclave from the 1890s through the first decades of the 1900s—home to mayors, judges, industrialists, timber barons, and art collectors. We visit The Frye Art Museum, Saint James Cathedral, H.H. Dearborn House, Stimson-Green Mansion, Piedmont Hotel (now Tuscany Apartments), First Baptist Church, Fire Station No. 25, the Sorrento Hotel, and many other buildings, while providing insights into a century of architecture and interior design and a lively look at the life and times of First Hill at the turn of the 20th century. Some interiors included when available.
Sketch of First Hill by Earl Layman / Source: Historic Seattle
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Frye Art Museum
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